Making Room: Housing for a Changing America explores cutting-edge typologies (micro-units, co-housing, and beyond) through case studies and the presentation of The Open House — a configurable, 1,000-square-foot home featuring a hyperefficient layout, movable walls, and multifunctional furniture, allowing the space to meet the needs of a variety of today’s growing but underserved households.
The National Building Museum will also host educational programming and panel discussions to address issues of housing disparity and the national housing crisis. Organized by the museum and the Citizens Housing & Planning Council and presented in partnership with Resource Furniture and Clei with generous support by the AARP Foundation, the ten-month exhibit opens on November 18 in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit
Ceramics of Italy
Ceramics of Italy is delighted to be sponsoring the exhibition, along with in-kind donations of beautiful Italian tiles from member companies: Ceramica Vogue, Gruppo Romani, Emilgroup, Tagina and Ceramiche Caesar. Carefully selected to mirror the modern yet tactile design Italian architect Pierluigi Colombo has envisioned for the space, while demonstrating the latest designs and technical advancements, the collections will showcase the variety and versatility of Italian tile products. Tiles that mimic natural materials such as wood, anthracite and terracotta-cement designs will be used with a range of detail and sizes that vary from 8×48” planks to elongated subway tiles. Bringing it all together, Mapei will contribute mortars, grouts, and sealants, as well as a surface preparation product for the exhibition.
Focused on highlighting the advantages of bathroom technology for an aging and diversifying population, Duravit will provide a variety of bathroom furniture, ceramics, and toilets that promote accessibility, ease-of-use, sustainability, and hygienic technology. Examples of Duravit product to be showcased at the exhibit include: Duravit’s Architec bathtub, a modern approach to the standard alcove bathtub that is an ideal solution for small spaces; Duravit’s SensoWash Slim toilet, which highlights optimum hygiene, technology, and comfort while maintaining a minimalist look; The OpenSpace B Shower Screen, a valuable space solution without compromising design — instead of taking up room when not in use, the screen can simply be folded back against the wall. Duravit’s products will highlight how innovative bathroom technology can benefit and improve every household.
AJ Madison will provide appliances for Making Room’s kitchen and laundry spaces, highlighting the purpose and importance of reliable, small-space, quality appliances in the ever-changing American home. Providing Miele, Electrolux, and Elica products, AJ Madison will illustrate how these top-rated appliances can best be configured for a variety of living spaces while catering to the shifting needs of the 21st century. All of the appliances are suitable for small spaces – especially the Electrolux Washer and Dryer, which are stackable. The Miele and Elica kitchen appliances are all equipped with smart technology or safety & efficiency innovations, representing the ability to safeguard and simplify daily tasks for older generations and larger family households.
Hansgrohe USA is proud to play a part in the groundbreaking Making Room exhibit. Demonstrating functional agility, flexibility and performance, the hansgrohe and AXOR brand products specified for the evolving project will remain throughout its conversions. Meeting the needs of a diverse demographic and lifestyle, hansgrohe products including the Raindance Select S 120 AIR 3-Jet Handshower, Talis Select S 80and Talis Select E 80 Single-Hole Faucets and iBox Universal Plus as well as robe hooks and other bath and shower accessories were selected for the bathroom areas. The kitchen features the AXOR Citterio Select Collection.